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Old 09-09-15, 01:09 PM
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Anyone with Long Commutes and Commutes +3-4 times a week?

Anyone have long commutes that commutes more than 2 times a week?

I recently changed jobs and this is week 4 of commuting for me twice a week. My commute is 38 miles round trip. Legs are getting sore after each commute. Would like to add a third day but not sure I would be able to. I do not have a sit down job. I am a chef and always on my feet.
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Twice a week seems pretty good to me. Is that a quick and breezy 38 miles or is it a lot of stop-and-go, small neighborhood streets? I had a 35 mile r/t commute that I did once or twice a week (that included long stretches of roads and an expressway). I've since moved closer to work and my commute is 14 miles r/t, but the door-to-door commute times are pretty close to before since the new commute is entirely via small neighborhood surface streets and bike paths (a lot of stop signs, traffic lights, getting on/off of separated bike paths). I have a desk job and can imagine how having to be on your feet at work will take its toll.
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That is a fair amount of biking!

I built an electric bike I use on the occasional days my legs are too tired (usually after a hard bike work out, race training, century ride or something).

taking days off between a long commute is a good idea. How long does your commute take?
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My commute is 38 miles round trip. 4 days a week with Wednesday a drive day. I ride easy in the am and faster in the pm. How much did you ride before you started commuting? Keep it at twice a week for a while with a longer ride on your day off. Then, the commute rides will feel short and very doable. I'm a teacher who doesn't sit on his ass all day.
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I've been commuting 40mi roundtrip on average 5 out of 6 days during the year. I end up averaging around 10 hrs/wk which I was also doing before I started commuting. If I start on Mon my legs start to get tired towards the end of the week. I usually make Fri an easy day (180 vs 225W). I use my rides for training but don't have a lot of structure and generally ride how I feel. I've gone fairly hard for the past 3 days and can feel my legs when I go down stairs so I might take it easy tomorrow.
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I have built up to commuting four days a week, 32 miles round trip. I also try to get a longer ride in on the weekend. I've been averaging about 150 miles a week since the beginning of June. My legs are sore too :-/ I've been doing stretches and that helps.
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Originally Posted by tFUnK
Twice a week seems pretty good to me. Is that a quick and breezy 38 miles or is it a lot of stop-and-go, small neighborhood streets? I had a 35 mile r/t commute that I did once or twice a week (that included long stretches of roads and an expressway). I've since moved closer to work and my commute is 14 miles r/t, but the door-to-door commute times are pretty close to before since the new commute is entirely via small neighborhood surface streets and bike paths (a lot of stop signs, traffic lights, getting on/off of separated bike paths). I have a desk job and can imagine how having to be on your feet at work will take its toll.
The first 12 miles are pretty non stop expect on the way home. Once I am in the heart of the city, it is 7 miles of somewhat slowing down and stopping for traffic lights.
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Originally Posted by chas58
That is a fair amount of biking!

I built an electric bike I use on the occasional days my legs are too tired (usually after a hard bike work out, race training, century ride or something).

taking days off between a long commute is a good idea. How long does your commute take?

It takes 1.5 hours one way.
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Originally Posted by Classtime
My commute is 38 miles round trip. 4 days a week with Wednesday a drive day. I ride easy in the am and faster in the pm. How much did you ride before you started commuting? Keep it at twice a week for a while with a longer ride on your day off. Then, the commute rides will feel short and very doable. I'm a teacher who doesn't sit on his ass all day.
I used to ride 22 miles round trip daily to my previous job. Took a year off to get my crap together (post divorce) and getting back into it.
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Originally Posted by a1penguin
I have built up to commuting four days a week, 32 miles round trip. I also try to get a longer ride in on the weekend. I've been averaging about 150 miles a week since the beginning of June. My legs are sore too :-/ I've been doing stretches and that helps.
You would think we (our legs) would get used to it.
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My commute is 30km one way (60 both); that's pretty much 37 miles. All I can say is that I didn't start with 30km right away, I started at 8km, 15km, then 30km. Like, in the course of a season.

The 1st times doing 30/30 was hard and exhausting; that was last year. This year I can do the full commute two times per week easy and I don't really feel tired. I could actually do it 3, maybe 4 times but I need to fetch my kids after work so I don't have the time. My full commute is something I need to deal with my spouse.Where I'm getting at is that it is possible but it takes time. You will probably get stronger quicker if you intersperse half-commute days too (like, 15/15, half car, half bike commute) and that will help in the long term. For me, it helped thinking of my commute as training. At these distances it makes sense.

Don't forget to stretch, drink and eat properly. As a chef you should be OK with that

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An e-bike might be a good option, maybe 100w. You'll still get a bit of exercise and bike riding enjoyment each way but it will be a more manageable level and not leave you too drained to perform well at work. I've a number of friends who are chef's and that's not an easy job.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac
You would think we (our legs) would get used to it.
Sounds like what a bunch of pro's always say after the Tour. One recently wrote that training the week or two after the tour consists of riding to meet up with your training buddies at a cafe for a morning cappuccino, talking about the tour a bit, talking about training, then riding home.

There are limits to human ability. I can ride 25 miles each way to work every day on my 40 lb city bike so long as it's flat, not strong winds, and I take a couple of hrs each way (13 mph avg). Add in some big hills, strong wind, or other elements and it becomes a bit more of a chore. I can do 5 miles each way regardless of hills or weather but not 25.

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It's a distance that will take some time to build up to. I've got a 47 mile round trip commute I could only handle 2-3 times a week starting out. I read that it can take 3-4 years to really get the body in shape. If weather permits, I'll put in 4-5 a week now, but I'm sure feeling it at the end of the week. Stop lights and signs take a big hit on my legs. I do an annual week ride (CANDISC) with days in the 55-60 mile range and I come out feeling better than after three days of commuting in a row. The difference? It's out on the North Dakota prairie with probably three or four stop signs on a given day, as compared to biking through the Twin Cities where I hit two stop signs and five lights in the first two miles...
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My ride is 36 mies round trip, I often only do 1 trip per day. I leave a bike at the office, always. I need the car for work so that stays at the office when I pedal home. So for example, Monday pm ride home. Tuesday am, pedal to work. Feeling tired? Drive home. Wed pm, pedal home etc. Easy to alternate days if needed.
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I had a 24 mile round trip, then I relocated cross town rather than between towns, ..


now I'm retired, moved out of that town 17 years ago..
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You should eventually get used to the longer ride, but might need to scale back your pace and find ways to lighten your load and/or rolling resistance. My commute distance increased from about 22 miles to 32 miles round trip about three years ago. At first I wasn't sure if I would be able to continue riding 3-5 days/week but have actually maintained or increased my cycling frequency.

My legs get progressively more tired as the days go on if I don't take any breaks, particularly if I try to maintain a faster pace. So, I don't ride hard every day and ride at more of a recovery pace after hard or long rides. If my legs are feeling burned out, I often take a rest day. However, we get rain often enough that I usually time my rest days to coincide with stormy weather. Win, win.

My legs tend to get the most tired when we have extended spells of nice weather and I'm riding nearly every day. In addition to rest days or riding at slower paces, I also will often ride one of my faster, lighter bikes when my legs are tired. It often takes less effort to ride at a faster pace on lighter bikes than a slower pace on my touring bikes that are heavier with larger tires.
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My commute is 31 miles round trip, and I started out doing Tues/Thurs only, because that's all my family schedule would allow. Then things changed about this time last year, and I started doing Mon/Tues/Thurs. I've done M/T/Th a few times this year, but haven't been able to keep up with it regularly just for various reasons. I still usually only go twice a week, but sometimes it varies and I'll do M/W, or T/Th, or W and Th/F split.

Many times I have commuted on Monday, with the intention of going on Tuesday and then Thursday, but then I wake up Tuesday morning and am just not feeling it, so I end up driving.

Past couple of weeks I've been lucky to get in one commute per week.
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I have a 40-mile round trip commute that I've ridden 3-days a week for the past year and a half or so. I started with 2-days a week and then increased to 3-days a week after the first couple of months. I've done 4-days a week a couple of times, but 3-days seems to work best for me. During the warmer months, if I commute M/W/F, I'll often do the LBS Group Ride on Tuesday night and take Thursday off the bike completely. Then I'll usually do a longer ride on the road bike on Saturday or Sunday.

I'll also mention, for me at least, that I don't want to ride so much that I start to dread my bicycle commute. 3-days keeps me from experiencing any 'burn out' and I'm always excited about the next commute.
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for many years i did a 30-mile round-trip bike commute 5 days/week.

since moving last summer, my round-trip distance is now a paltry 10 miles.
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I did a 40 mile round-trip commute from 2008 till earlier this year (working from home now). At first I could only manage 2-3 days/week. Over time I built up my strength and conditioning and for the last four years I rode the commute 5 days/week year round.

You need to make sure you get your sleep and you'll find that you'll need to eat more than usual. You'll also be really strong and fast when you go ride with your friends You should also learn to do minor repairs and adjustments to your bike if you are going to ramp up to this mileage level - your bike will need regular repair and adjustment.
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My commute is 45 miles round trip with 2600 ft of climbing. I do it 3 days/week from April through October. I used to have a 41 mile round trip commute with 3000 ft of climbing that I did 5 days/week for 5 years. That was a killer and I never quite got used to it. When the weather was nice, it was fun, but some days days were really tough. I have a sedentary job, though. If I had to be on my feet all day, that would certainly affect my commuting. In your case, if your legs are tired with 2 days/week, then just keep to that until you feel ready to do 3. You'll get there.
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Nice to read I'm not the only nutter riding long commutes. I do a 45 mile round trip. Depending on shift pattern usually 2 times a week, often 3 times a week & only did 4 times once.

3 times a week is enough for me, feel fatigued by Friday. Summer is best, February mornings setting off at 4.45am also nice with a clear sky.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac
Anyone have long commutes that commutes more than 2 times a week?

I recently changed jobs and this is week 4 of commuting for me twice a week. My commute is 38 miles round trip. Legs are getting sore after each commute. Would like to add a third day but not sure I would be able to. I do not have a sit down job. I am a chef and always on my feet.
I have a 50 mile round trip. Frequency varies. Some weeks I ride four or five times, other weeks once or twice. It depends on weather and my mood. This week, I was out of action for most of it due to a fatigue fracture in my rear rim that I needed to replace. That took a couple days.
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